Monday, November 5, 2012
Meigs Creek Trail - GSMNP
This is creek crossing number one of 17 on this 3.5 mile trail
October 31, 2012
Sometimes, just getting a post started is the hardest part for me. In this month of Thanksgiving, I am so totally overwhelmed with gratitude for consecutive days in which I feel normal and are relatively pain-free that words simply fail me. Once more, let me thank so many of you for your kind words of support both in the blog and through email. I simply remain in disbelief that restarting a medication after a four month break made that much difference in such a short amount of time, but it did and I refuse to question it. I am just thankful for it and in introspect, will take no moments for granted plus pray that I can be the friend and support system to others that so many have been to me. Pain comes in many forms, it shows no mercy and is absolutely no respecter of persons. Never, ever take one moment of your health for granted.
Barbara Berkely, who blogs at Refuse to Regain, posted one of the best articles I recall on the fine art of weight maintenance. You can find it here. Barbara has some pretty harsh stances on eating not all of which I agree with, however, she writes with great wisdom about the challenges involved once one moves from weight loss mode into weight maintenance. I love her acronyms, D.U.M and S.M.A.R.T. You'll have to read the article to learn about them. I'd already been doing some thinking as to how I planned to navigate my first holiday season as a maintainer.
It didn't take long to realize and become comfortable with the fact that I will approach it by doing exactly what I've been doing for the last year. I have established a final goal weight, plan to stay within a two pound range of that goal weight and have determined that my "scream" weight will be five pounds above the goal weight.
I view "holiday" eating in the same way that I view travel/vacation eating. For me, nothing changes. If I start trying to fit in extras or compromises, I'll be at that scream weight and beyond before you know it. I'm not willing to let that happen. It is not worth it.
Each of us has to develop the plan that works for us individually. The important thing is to establish your plan for holiday eating NOW. One of my favorite one liners applicable to most any life situation, but TOTALLY applicable to this is, "failing to plan is planning to fail." No matter where you are in your journey, much damage can be done in the next two months leading to major discouragement and remorse come January 1. Please don't let that happen to you.
Creek Crossing #4
During the weeks of difficulty in getting my RA under control, hiking never lost its joy, but it certainly lost some of its pleasure. I was also made to confront the idea of having to strictly curtail my hiking or getting to the point of not being able to hike at all. These thoughts were not pretty and were the days when I reached my lowest point. So to be back on the trail week before last with Becca and then twice last week with another hiking friend from my church at times brought out emotions so deep I could hardly contain them. I felt strong and energetic. It felt good! And to be blessed with so many friends who are willing to adjust their pace to mine and lend a hand when I need it.
Creek Crossing #7
Meigs Creek Trail is one of my favorites because in all of its 3.5 miles, you are rarely away from the sound of rushing water. Those 17 creek crossings are challenging, but fun and with low water in the park, we felt they would be easily rock hopped or might require changing into water shoes for wading.
Creek Crossing #14
Sandy did quite a number at the higher elevations dumping record breaking snowfall amounts unheard of for October. It was difficult for me to be out having such a good time when so many were (and are) still suffering. But the beauty of being out in the woods on a clear, sunny day listening to the gentle crunch of my boots in the snow and reflecting on the many reasons I have for celebration right now brought the pleasure I'd been missing and an indescribable joy!
Grapeyard Ridge Trail - GSMNP
November 1, 2012
You really can't see it so much in this picture, but the grin from ear to ear says it all. We call it the hiker smile and my friend (who took the picture) told me I smiled for the entire 7.6 miles of this trail! I don't doubt it for a minute!
What Are YOU Smiling About Today?
Tell Someone You Love Them, Be Active, Pay It Forward!